Birthday wine tasting 20th December 2011

A group of 14 meet at St Paul’s for the tour. Turns out another girl also celebrates a birthday today.

We visit four vineyards. The first is Yering Station in the Yarra Valley. This was the original vineyard established in the 1880s. Coming over from Sydney in search of a good place for cattle, the owners brought a few vines as well. These did so well they no longer need cattle!
We play a point scoring game of tasting the first wine and exhibit our appalling lack of knowledge and confidence in the art.

We lunch at Rochford Wines, who are rather production line about the occasion although they bring us a ‘good enough’ lunch and surprise us birthday girls with a lovely desert.

Little Yering Farm, in contrast, hand picks the grapes and has a lovely homely feel. There production is small and they only provide wine for restaurants and at the cellar door. We bought a bottle of Pinot Noir 2005 which we hope will go well with our Christmas meal of duck.

The finale is a visit to the Chandon Estate. An offspring from Mo√ęt et Chandon. We learn that champagne is made from Pinot Noir with no skins and buy a bottle of sparkling wine vintage 2008.


For $110 I thought The Australian Wine Tour Company did a very good job. It was a brilliant birthday treat. Each cellar door offers a range of their 12-20 wines and you are free to taste as many as you wish. I believe there is a nominal charge if you turn up without a tour group.
By the time I came home, I certainly did not want any more to drink! But enjoyed a slice of that lovely cake.